We Are Third World

Self acclaimed first world nations labelled us as
third world in their so called socioeconomic indexes
and other “modernity is the real development” indices,
because we don't do dinner parties
but dream of a well fed day

Our children study on the floor of old public school,
know the other world by the greenery and figures
hung on its pale walls, wishing to run on
the velvet grass instead of rag picking every morn,                                                                                                                                                                                                   as children leave old toys, you have abandoned us
                                                                                                                                                          Here a teenager gets mature in his teens
and recognises the outline of a dark futuristic structure
in a pattern of present dots of daily burdens,
in the tragic repetitions of a homeland song,
he dreams of a young entrepreneurship but a termite
death hollows out his roots of endeavour    
You say to our men"Keep It In Your Pants!"
and women, "Lock Your Knees!"
but here sex is the only amusement,
for a three minutes of relief
we are ready to repent and live life
of corruption and immorality,

Some taxable souls fashion to run charity,
the poor wears tattered clothes,
rich wear them to look different,
there is an agreement between the person sitting
in the car and the poor begging for some help

Devalued lives full of shadows of slaves as
poverty live without evacuation,
caught in web of the foreign aid spiders,
we prop up this capitalising
protuberance and force feed the bourgeois class,
our propaganda has become just to see,sigh and cry

Blindfolded by civil war-
a source of political life and death,
we fail to understand the kind of battlefield
we are in and our weapons to deal with it,                                                                                                          always shouting for freedom of expression,
never tried to know the difference between
our skin and our lips

A divided country that sighs and cries
for debt relief, brainwashed by anti-propaganda,
as leaders becoming millionaires
every second and the people poorer every minute,
the land filled with milk and honey,
still cries "no money”

Self styled media with fake morality,
aiming for PR and controversy
interview a petty thought repeatedly
to make it a philosophy,
their voice spreads pure venom in gentle dress,
in the name of so called minority,
every news is labelled with religious stamp,
they highlight the immoral as a face of nation,
belittle the good-intentions

Sex and violence is a new form of entertainment,
here big lawyers and corporations openly influence
in the demo-crazy capitals to gain huge profits,
Is this injustice with poverty and suffering not
a clear indication of false thoughts that argue
over a third world at this juncture?

About this poem

Poem is about the so called third world countries and their current plight

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Written on February 08, 2016

Submitted by Hiya2011 on July 23, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

2:12 min read

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Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 3,034
Words 440
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 5, 10, 6, 5, 6, 6, 6, 9, 6

Sandeep Kumar Mishra

Sandeep Kumar Mishra is an Amazon Bestseller author of poetry Collection "One Heart- Many Breaks-2020". He has been a lecturer in English Literature and Political Science for 20 years at AVM Group of Institute,Rajasthan. He is an outsider artist,writer and poet. His poems,articles and art has featured in hundred of national and international magazines and poetry editor at "Indian Poetry Review". He is staff writer at various magazines.He is member of various international literary organisations. He is working with Hellofresh Australia in Sydney. He has received "IPR Annual Poetry Award-2020" and "Literary Titan Book Award-2020".He was shortlisted for "International Book Awards(ABF)-2021" and "Indies Today Book of the Year Award 2020" and "Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize -2021 and Oprelle 'Rise Up" Poetry Prize- 2021".He was also "The Story Mirror Author of the Year" nominee-2019. He is The Staff Writer at https://www.greatbritishpolitics.co.uk/ https://goodmenproject.com/ https://extranewsfeed.com/ https://www.sareview.org/ https://medium.com/london-literary-review https://www.indianpoetryreview.com/ More info about him- https://www.sandeepkumarmishra.com/ more…

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